Motus in the News

Learn more about the Motus Wildlife Tracking System, a coordinated hemispheric tracking system for migratory flying animals!

2020-02-24 - Michigan base recognized for environmental stewardship : U.S. Army

Fort Custer's environmental program relies on technology, enabling it to track airborne fauna. "We're looking at using acoustical monitoring to identify the types of wildlife population we have here," said Curt Roebuck, environmental manager at FCTC. Another tool, the Motus radio telemetry tracking device, tracks animals at three locations throughout southwest Michigan. "Anything that flies over the tracking device and has a radio tag on it is recorded," said Michele Richards, natural resources manager for FCTC. "Because of this, we're finding unique bird species."

2020-01-25 - Woodland Dunes in Two Rivers is using telemetry to track birds along Lake Michigan : Herald Times Reporter

Woodland Dunes is one of just a few facilities in the state to install a Motus detector, along with the Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory near Port Washington and some near Chequamegon Bay on Lake Superior. Motus was developed in Canada by researchers who track movements of birds and bats and were looking for a way to do so that is less costly than some older methods. Although there are only two in Wisconsin, there are hundreds of stations in Canada and the eastern United States.

2019-11-03 - Columbus Zoo, Ohio Wildlife Center team up to rescue, release and track migratory birds : The Columbus Dispatch

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium became the first zoo in the United States to install receiver towers last year that are connected to the Motus Wildlife Tracking System, a program of Bird Studies Canada. In October, the Ohio Wildlife Center, which receives funding and support from the zoo, rescued, tagged and released its first migratory bird to be tracked using such towers, which span the globe. The Columbus Zoo is working with other zoos that are installing more towers across the country.

2019-09-27 - The birds and the bees (and pesticides) : Excalibur

We all know how pesticides are used to kill those unwanted insects that can decimate fields of crops. However, one group of pesticides specifically is having significantly adverse and unintended effects on the surrounding environment in which they are used. These pesticides are called neonicotinoids or neonics; they have been linked to declining populations of bees and also for facilitating what is called Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) whereby entire bee colonies die off.

2019-09-26 - Piecing together a natural legacy at Chestnut Mountain | Opinion : The Tennessean

In 2018, Nashville-based Bridgestone Americas Inc. donated nearly 6,000 acres to the Nature Conservancy, marking the largest land donation ever received in our 40-year tenure within the state. Terry Cook is the new state director for The Nature Conservancy in Tennessee. Most recently, he served as the northeast regional director for The Trustees of Reservations, the nation’s oldest land trust. Terry Cook is the new state director for The Nature Conservancy in Tennessee. Most recently, he served as the northeast regional director for The Trustees of Reservations, the nation’s oldest land trust. (Photo: Submitted) This gift to the Nature Conservancy — and to all Tennesseans — was pivotal as it is increasingly difficult to conserve nature at scales large enough to face formidable pressures, such as land development and climate change. In fact, this very challenge is what led to the establishment of our mission to protect the lands and waters on which all life depends.

2019-09-21 - Former air base is for the birds : The Daily Mining Gazette

The Keweenaw County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a motion allowing the Copper Country Audubon Society to mount a small, high-tech antenna at the top of Mount Horace Greeley. David Flaspohler, professor of forestry at Michigan Technological University, requested the permission to install the system at the former Calumet air base. The system, he said, is to monitor movements of wildlife, and is relevant to Keweenaw County.

2019-09-19 - A Season of the (Warbler) Blues: An Update from the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest : National Zoo

Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center researchers have studied black-throated blue warblers at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest in New Hampshire for decades. This forest was set aside by the United States Forest Service in 1963 to serve as a laboratory for ecological research, allowing scientists to study the air, water, soil, plants and animals that make up a forest ecosystem.

2019-09-12 - Popular pesticide throws off birds’ feeding and migration schedules : Nova

A team of researchers has found that a widely used insecticide called imidacloprid causes sparrows to lose drastic amounts of weight and delay their migratory schedules, potentially stripping the birds of their best shot at a successful breeding season. The study, published today in the journal Science, is the first to track the fates of wild birds exposed to pesticides. It also adds to a growing body of evidence that shows the toxic chemicals that abound in agriculture harm far more than the species they’re intended for—often in subtle and insidious ways.

2019-09-05 - A new Indiana antennae array monitors migration across the state: BTN LiveBIG : Big Ten Network

According to the official state motto, Indiana is the "Crossroads of America." Of course, that refers to the many interstates and highways that trace their routes across the Hoosier state. What fewer people know, though, is that the Indiana is also an important crossroads for many migratory species. From Canadian Geese to Sandhill Cranes, most of Indiana lies in the Mississippi Flyway, an important north-south navigational path.

2019-08-28 - Toronto Zoo hosts station in Scarborough to track migratory birds : Metroland Media Toronto

On July 27, 2018, a semipalmated plover flew over Scarborough and passed by the Toronto Zoo. Perhaps you have never heard of a semipalmated plover before, but that it travelled through our area is not really news. These miniature brown shorebirds frequently stop over at beaches and mud flats in our area on the way to their Northern Canada breeding grounds, then again on the way back to their southern coastal wintering grounds. What is interesting in this particular case is how it was detected.

2019-08-01 - Bernheim announces new bird conservation initiative : The Lane Report

Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest is joining a global wildlife tracking program to help Bernheim and the greater bird conservation community continue to protect bird species and their habitats. Bernheim, a regional leader in wildlife conservation technology, is the first in Kentucky to join the global Motus Wildlife Tracking System. Partnering with Cellular Tracking Technologies (CTT) and the Office of Kentucky Nature Preserves, the new infrastructure provides cutting-edge capabilities for wildlife tracking, environmental education and bird research.

2019-07-14 - Researchers hoping small Purple Martin birds can offer up big answers : CBC News

They chirp and sing, they jockey for the penthouse suite of human-constructed apartments, and make a long trek to Brazil every fall. Their aerial acrobatics are something to behold, and their colonies delight people who have devoted themselves to their survival. But despite the best efforts of bird lovers and researchers, the Purple Martin, a type of swallow, are on the decline, their population down overall 60 per cent since the 1970s, and down closer to 90 per cent in Ontario.

2019-07-09 - New wildlife tracking station adds to international network studying migration habits : Indiana University

Researchers with Indiana University's Environmental Resilience Institute, founded as part of IU's Prepared for Environmental Change Grand Challenge Initiative, are now tracking the migration habits of animals such as birds and insects thanks to the addition of a new Motus Wildlife Tracking System station at T.C. Steele State Historic Site in Nashville, Indiana.

2019-07-08 - CANADA: Dragonflies with tiny fanny packs show migration patterns in new study : Barrie Today

A study in which insects were equipped with tiny radio-tracking fanny packs could help conservation efforts as populations around the world decline.

2019-07-07 - Teller Wildlife: The Lewis's woodpecker holds a unique niche amongst Bitterroot woodpeckers : Ravalli Republic

Named after Meriwether Lewis, on his famous westward journey, the Lewis’s woodpecker holds a unique niche among other Bitterroot woodpeckers. While woodpeckers typically use their strong neck and lingual muscles to expose insects from trees, the Lewis’s woodpecker makes short flights from an arboreal vantage point to capture flying insects.

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